A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

October - November 2021

Edition No. 36

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Manager's Corner
 

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Fall is finally here, and Community Manager, Darlene, is greatly looking forward to enjoying the cool weather and welcoming back our seasonal residents. For a special message from her, read on.

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Manager's Corner

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Fall is finally here, and we are glad to be welcoming back our seasonal residents – we wish you all safe travels.

Though we do not know what might occur in the future, we will continue to put our residents’ and staff’s safety first and foremost. We are so thankful for those who follow our recommendations set forth.

We are hoping for some cooler weather and some great times.

Sincerely,
Darlene
Community Manager

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”- Albert Schweitzer

Office Closed
 

Office Closed

The Community Office will be closed on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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Avocado Everything

It’s easy to want to hop onto the avocado train when there are so many benefits to doing it! As a great source of nutrients and healthy fat, this superfood is a perfect addition to any meal. Whether it’s breakfast tacos or blended into a creamy icing, there are endless recipes to try.

Resident Spotlight
 

Resident of the month

This edition's Resident Spotlight is focused on Mary Lee Cipriano, who has lived in Tanglewood since 2011. Keep reading to learn all about her and why she continues to call Tanglewood home.

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Resident Spotlight

Resident of the month

This edition's spotlight will focus on Mary Lee Cipriano. Mary Lee has lived in Tanglewood since 2011. In 2015 she moved to her current home in Wildflower.

Before life at Tanglewood, Mary Lee had a variety of experiences, achievements, and accomplishments.

She earned a Bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College with a major in math and minors in both psychology and elementary education. She taught second grade for five years in the public school system.

Next, she earned two Master's degrees from Lehigh University in education and reading. She then became a Reading Specialist K-12 working in public schools for five more years. Mary Lee had three children in one year, including a set of twins, which kept her quite busy on the home front for a while. After her children went into junior high, she taught reading in private schools.

Mary Lee opened a travel agency, Just Cruises Plus, in 1989 and ran it for 25 years. She is still involved in organizing cruise groups for the Woodcarver School based in NY. She also runs cruises for Massage Therapists where they can earn continuing education credits for certification. She has done square dancing groups and country line dancing groups, too. Currently, she is running a group to Alaska in July 2022 on the Princess with a four-night land package in Fairbanks, Denali Park, and Mt. McKinley. The cruise goes to Glacier Bay AND Hubbard Glacier; it’s the only cruise line that does both.

Seeing that “retirement” hasn’t slowed her down much since being here, Mary Lee has also done a massive amount of volunteering.

She is currently Chairman of the Welcome Committee, a big undertaking. Their new DINNER OUT program seems to be well received by everyone. The committee members are devoted and have caught up with all newcomers from 2020 and 2021 and they continue to move forward.

She also is the secretary for Diversions and the Red-Hot Babes and is always involved in their activities.

She is secretary for TWR Times and writes the Destinations column in addition to keeping up with profiles/pictures for all new residents who come to Monday Morning Coffee. She also publishes lists of all new residents visited by the Welcome Committee each month. This list is for new residents to tell her if they are not on that list so she doesn’t miss anyone, as well as to inform current residents to let her know of new people they see who are moving in. Mary Lee is also the assistant to the secretary of the HOA and takes meeting minutes when needed.

Mary Lee considers herself to be an upbeat and optimistic person, and if you only have one conversation with her, you will see that is a fact. I have had the honor and pleasure of working with Mary Lee for numerous events and her personality outshines the sun.

Thank you, Mary Lee, for being such an outstanding resident in our Tanglewood Community.

Dance Committee Fall Schedule

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We hope you’ve been enjoying all the events so far by the TMAC Dance Committee! Read on to see the most updated fall schedule and get excited about all the fun events right around the corner.

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Dance Committee Fall Schedule

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TMAC Dance Committee Fall Schedule

Saturday Nights from 7 – 10 p.m.

  • October 16, 2021: Rick Arnold

Halloween Costume Party

  • October 30, 2021: California Toe Jam Band

Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Band from Fort Lauderdale

  • November 20, 2021: Joe Friday Band

The Rockadelic 60s & 70s Band

  • December 4, 2021: Paisley Craze

New Year’s Eve Gala 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

  • December 31, 2021: Raisin’ Cain

Sales Update
 

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If you’re thinking of selling your home, now may be a perfect time! With demand for Tanglewood homes being high and supply being low, your Tanglewood Sales Team can get your home sold for a price you deserve. Read on for more information!

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Sales Update

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If you’re thinking of selling, now might be a perfect time!

Homes for sale in Tanglewood are scarce, and with demand so strong, prices are high. That’s good news for our sellers.

The number of buyers interested in Tanglewood remains very high and the number of visitors to our TanglewoodFL.com website is surpassing previous years. With all of our listings also being displayed on popular sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Homes.com, and more, our homes are being viewed by buyers all over.

In the current market, your home may sell fairly quickly. We have way more buyers than we have sellers at the moment. We actually have a waiting list of buyers looking to purchase a home here in Tanglewood – don’t miss out on it!

All of this means that you don’t need to wait for the “best” time to sell your house. If you’re thinking about selling your home, go ahead and give Robin or Debbie a call.

Your Hometown America Tanglewood Sales Team continues to lead all others in sales here in our community.

Robin Etherton @ (502) 262-8117
Debbie Shea @ (631) 332-4072

Your Health

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Less Stressing, More Stretching

There’s nothing quite like that first stretch in the morning, and there’s a good reason for that! Daily stretching has a variety of benefits, from reducing day-to-day achiness to helping prevent injuries. Who knew touching your toes gave you more than just bragging rights?

Capital Improvements

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We have been busy working on several capital improvement projects in 2021. To hear what we’ve been working on and what’s coming up next, read on!

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Capital Improvements

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We are happy to announce that the following projects are completed:

  • All new street signs stop signs and speed limit signs have been changed out at this time.
  • We added pedestrian crossing signs on the parkway.
  • A new gate call box has been installed at the front entry gate and new signage has been installed at the box.

Other upcoming projects to be on the lookout for:

  • A new pool lift chair will be installed soon.

Road and storm drain work was started in April and it will continue to be done throughout the community in the coming months. At the time we started we were not aware that the asphalt plant was going to be down. They will let us know when it is back up and running and we will continue the areas that we have been working on throughout 2021. Some areas were patched to keep from having holes in the road; they were temporary and will be redone at that time. The asphalt plant says it is coming very soon, and we are excited to get working on the roads again.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to get these projects done.

Veteran's Day
 

Veteran's Day

Hometown America is proud to honor our Veterans this Veteran’s Day. We are working on a special event in recognition of those who have served our country. All residents will be invited to the event so we can show how grateful we are to those who dedicated their time to protect the land that we love.

Luau Party
 

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At Tanglewood, we love nothing more than getting to spend time with our residents. On July 20, we got to do just that by hosting a Luau party on the upper pool veranda. Read on to hear more and see photos from this fun event.

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Luau Party

Luau party

At Tanglewood, we love nothing more than getting to spend time with our residents. On July 20, we hosted a Luau party on the upper pool veranda. We had frozen drinks, music, and leis to help set the theme of a tropical paradise.

We had two residents that tied for the best dressed. Luz Fernandez and Angie Coleman both won a Body Bag with goodies. Congratulations to you both and thank you to all who attended!



Home & Garden

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Spruce up Your Centerpiece

Tired of your old, outdated centerpiece? In need of a new DIY project? We have a solution for both problems with these beautiful autumnal centerpieces perfect for the upcoming fall holidays. Whether you want to customize it yourself or shop around, Better Homes & Gardens has plenty of options to inspire you.

Fabulous 50s Musical

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Broadway Lights is excited to announce their Fabulous Fifties musical scheduled for Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. If you like the music from the 1950s and early 60s, you won’t want to miss this. Read on to learn where you can get your tickets!

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Fabulous 50s Musical

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Broadway Lights is excited to announce their Fabulous Fifties musical scheduled for Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m.

If you like the music from the 1950s and early 60s, you will not be disappointed. We have an evening of great entertainment planned for your enjoyment. Tickets are $5.00 and will go on sale at Monday Morning Coffee, or they can be purchased at the door the evening of the performance. Billie also has tickets in her office.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. We encourage you to come early and grab your favorite table.

BYOB and bring your favorite snacks! We look forward to seeing you.

Tanglewood Vendor Fair

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Broaden your network and learn more about your neighbors in our vendor fair! Connect with our many residents who have home-based businesses, including yard workers, pet sitters, and more. Read on for all the details.

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Tanglewood Vendor Fair

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We will be hosting a Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 6, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Clubhouse.

Residents with home-based businesses will be there with information. Make contacts for yard workers, painters, house watchers, health and beauty care, pet sitters, and more!

*Free Admission

Thank you to the Diversions Committee for organizing this event.

Yard of the Month
 

Yard of the month

Congratulations to Greg and Alexa Sharp, our July yard of the month winners! Keep reading to hear all about how they won this esteemed award, and learn how you can be next.

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Yard of the Month

Yard of the month

We are proud to highlight the home of Greg and Alexa Sharpe at 3382 Beartooth Pass. This beautiful yard and well-groomed home are appreciated by all our residents. They were awarded Yard of the Month in July, which will make them a contender for the Yard of The Quarter, an award decided on in September. The judging includes a well-maintained yard, a clean exterior of the home, and maintained plants and shrubs. Each month we recognize a home with a beautifully maintained yard. The award sign will be in the yard for one month. A resident committee chooses a yard each month, and there are several guidelines they must follow.

Do you know someone whose yard is worthy of Yard of the Month? Nominate them by contacting Billie in the Activities Office by calling (863) 402-0763. Please have the last name and house number available for your nominee.



Yard of the month

Entertainment

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Make Music Your Forte

Calling all music lovers! Ready to step up your game from avid listener to passionate musician? Now’s your chance. With these beginner-friendly instruments, you’ll have plenty of options to fill your days and challenge your mind. Soon, your friends and family will think you've been playing for years. Which will you pick up first?

Craft and Hobby Fair

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Tanglewood is very excited to host a craft and hobby fair on November 13! Whether you’re in the market for homemade pastries, holiday gifts, cards, or even hand-crafted glass or leather goods, you won’t want to miss this. Read on to see all that’s available.

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Craft and Hobby Fair

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Tanglewood is very excited to host a craft and hobby fair on November 13! Whether you’re in the market for homemade pastries, holiday gifts, cards, or even hand-crafted glass or leather goods, you won’t want to miss this.

When: Saturday, November 13, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

What will be there:

  • Cards
  • Art
  • Glass Work
  • Leather Work
  • Homemade Pastries
  • Knits and Crochet
  • Christmas Stuff
  • Wood Work
  • Gifts
  • & More!

There will be a snack bar open for lunch. We hope to see you there!

Events Calendar
 

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The Diversions Committee is so excited to share their October/November calendar! To see all of the fun events lined up, from bean bag baseball to our lip sync showdown, read on.

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Events Calendar

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Diversions Committee October/November Calendar

BEANBAG BASEBALL
October 6, 13, & 27
6 p.m. @ the Clubhouse Main Hall

SEVENS
October 11,
1 p.m. @ the Community Room

LIP SYNC SHOWDOWN
October 24
7 p.m. @ the Clubhouse

BEANBAG BASEBALL
November 3 & 10
6 p.m.

VENDOR FAIR
November 6
9 a.m. @ the Clubhouse

SEVENS
November 8
1 p.m. @ the Community Room

CRAFT AND HOBBY FAIR
November 13,
8 a.m. @ the Clubhouse

GARAGE SALE
November 26-27
@ The Clubhouse

A Special Thank You

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Team Tanglewood would like to show our appreciation for the wonderful residents who helped us to paint behind the stage and the stage areas! Read on to hear the full message.

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A Special Thank You

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Team Tanglewood would like to show our appreciation to the following Residents for painting behind the stage and the stage areas. Donna Scorce came to us with a great idea to give the area behind the stage a makeover with some painting and cleaning. We had several members of different groups and committees that took their time to help make this process happen. We would like to thank Tanglewood Community Church, The Diversions Committee, and The Tech Support Committee for helping to clean the area behind the stage. We would like to thank Donna Scorce, Thomas Dixon, Jan Nicolene, and Rick Jenckes for doing the painting.

The stage is nice and shiny and behind the stage is much brighter and more welcoming.

We would like to thank everyone who had a part in this from the first meeting through the completion of the painting.

Tanglewood Residents are the best!

If you have a neighbor or friend in Tanglewood you would like to give a special thank you to, please contact Billie in the Activities Office and she will gladly post it in the newsletter for you.

Experiences

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Be Hoppy

If you’re tired of the same old beer selection at the grocery store, mix it up and make your own! With these convenient kits for beginners, you’ll have beer to rival any brewery right in your own fridge. Bring it out at your next event and you’re bound to impress your family and friends.

Restaurant Review
 

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Our Tanglewood Restaurant Review is back, and in this issue, we’re visiting The Deep South, a restaurant we’ve been anxiously waiting to try. Keep reading to learn about their extensive and delicious options, from gator tail appetizers, to classic Southern comfort food, and more.

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Restaurant Review

Restaurant review

We have all been hungry for the opening of The Deep South Restaurant located within the strip mall just opposite from us on Highway 27. (This is the former Yanni’s, then the Fairmount Ale House location, kind of behind Publix.) The owners had a restaurant by the same name, for one year, in Lake Placid. They brought their menu and expertise to this new location.

Let me begin by saying that I ordered a cold, straight-up, vodka gimlet. It was GOOD. That was the first step. The menu is very diversified. They have a $33.00 filet on the menu, along with various pork dishes, pizzas, and great side dishes. Seafood included fresh whitefish, shrimp, and mussels. I ordered the pork chops with a bourbon glaze. They were good, slightly overcooked, but good. The side salad portion was enormous and wonderful; fresh, with all sorts of veggies in it. Appetizers ranged from build-your-own nachos to gator tails. Entrees include various cuts of steak, burgers, and sandwiches. Sandwiches include fried bologna (a delicacy from my childhood), pork tenderloin, and even a po'boy gator sandwich. Examples of side dishes include baked beans, baked potatoes, green beans, and deep south corn (corn on the cob flavored with spices mixed within their butter). The portions are large.

One of the downsides is that the vegetables are not fresh, but canned, with a twist of trying to bring them up a notch which I found was not too successful. The A/C is running overtime, so bring a sweater.

Still, the service is good and the wait staff is very personable.

I did notice, however, that there are kids’ game machines along the wall adjacent to the eating area. I did mention to the general manager if I was going to pay $33 for a steak, I did not want to hear kids playing on a game machine. She agreed and mentioned that there is a separate banquet room that can hold over 70 people.The general manager, Brittney Davilla, said that their mission statement is to make all customers comfortable with good, reasonable prices and to treat all customers with respect. They have lived up to their mission statement. Portions are more than adequate. It is definitely worth another trip!

You can find The Deep South Restaurant at 3750 US 27 North, Suite 2A. Their phone number is (863) 531-3294

Bon Appetite!
-Donna Scorce

Boo Baskets
 

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It’s that time of year again! Starting in October, we will begin distributing boo baskets throughout the community. Read on to learn how to participate in this fun community tradition.

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Boo Baskets

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Per our annual tradition here at Tanglewood, in October we will be distributing Boo Baskets. Twenty residents will receive a Boo Basket at their door which should begin the Booing train. Once you receive a basket, you choose someone else to Boo. Once you have been Boo’d, please place the letter in your window to notify others so we can spread the fun through the community. If you do not want to receive a Boo Basket, please contact the office and we will provide you a letter so your neighbors will know you do not wish to receive one.

Happy Haunting!

Go For a Spin
 

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When was the last time you hopped on a bike? Cycling is a fantastic way to get regular, low-impact exercise and some fresh air as the seasons begin to change. Read on to hear why you should cycle in cycling to your fitness regime.

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Go For a Spin

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When was the last time you hopped on a bike? Cycling is a fantastic way to get regular, low-impact exercise and some fresh air as the seasons begin to change.

While getting exercise is a primary health benefit, did you know that cycling also offers a host of other benefits like:

  • Increasing brainpower
  • Improving your heart health
  • Contributing to weight loss
  • Lowering your cancer risk
  • Increasing your life span
  • Contributing to lower stress levels

Any of the above pique your interest? Before you take to the streets, there are a few basic things you need to do to stay safe.

First things first, make sure your bike is comfortable and ready to go by checking everything from your seat placement to your breaks. Next up, make sure your helmet fits properly and doesn’t move when you shake your head – keep that noggin’ safe! To make sure the rest of your pre-ride checklist is up to par, check out this helpful article from REI Co-op.

Happy trails!

 

It's About the Journey

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Itching for a trip but not ready to deal with large crowds just yet? Satisfy your wanderlust with a scenic road trip! Whether you want to go cross-country or just over the state line, we have plenty of destination ideas and tips to plan your best trip yet. Keep reading to learn more!

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It's About the Journey

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Itching for a trip but not ready to deal with large crowds just yet? Satisfy your wanderlust with a scenic road trip! Whether you want to go cross-country or just over the state line, we have plenty of route ideas to get you started. For any West Coast lovers, consider driving all along the Pacific Coast Highway and enjoying the ocean views of California. If you’re a history buff, Cape Cod offers a scenic and historic route through some of America’s oldest towns. For the ultimate cross-country drive, Route 66 goes from Chicago to California, giving you a sampling of the whole mid-west and western USA.

So, you’ve picked your route, but how to begin planning your trip? Here are a few necessities to start thinking about:

  • Where do you want to stop on your trip? Make sure to not only choose sights you want to see, but hotels and rest stops as well. Road trip planner apps are a great tool to help you stay organized.
  • What’s your budget for the trip? You’ll want to include stops, attractions, gas, and tolls in your calculations.
  • Is your car ready for the drive? Make sure to bring your vehicle in for routine checks and maintenance beforehand, and don’t forget a spare tire!
  • When will you be heading out? Consider the time of year. Do you need to factor in increased traffic? Potential rain or snow? A little research can give you the best times of year to travel on your chosen route.
  • Finally, time to pack! Of course, your clothes and toothbrush are important, but another great idea is to stock up your car with medical supplies, snacks and drinks, and entertainment options.

Happy road tripping! Where will you travel first?

Connect with Us
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

E-Z Pay
 

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Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month.

 

SafeHaven Insurance

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